WASHINGTON - A federal judge ordered the immediate release of a Yemeni man who has spent long periods of captivity in the Guantanamo psych ward, but a separate decision Wednesday upheld the indefinite detention of another Yemeni.
The U.S. District Court rulings left the so-called habeas corpus scorecard of government-detainee wins at 15-38. That means that judges have ruled more than twice as often for the release of detainees at Guantanamo, rather than their continued confinement.
Judge Reggie Walton ruled that the government can continue to hold Abdul-Rahman Sulayman, 31, picked up in Pakistan and handed over to U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Chicago lawyer Thomas P. Sullivan said he would soon travel to the U.S. Navy base in Cuba to consult with Sulayman.